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Specific provisions—trailers and moving image advertising—tv, computer games, etcetera

Trailers and moving image advertising—television, computer games, demo discs, websites and mobile phones

Further information about the advertising of unclassified films and computer games is available.

The requirements and downloads available from this page apply to moving image advertising, that is, trailers on DVDs, computer games, demo discs, websites and mobile phones. The Commercial Television Code of Practice sets out requirements for trailers for films and computer games that are broadcast on television.

Classification markings on trailers

Download examples of markings for:

General information:

General requirements for display, format and legibility of classification markings on trailers

Classification markings on trailers

Trailers in these media can use either a "tag" before the trailer or a "ticker" that appears during the trailer. All trailers can be preceded by tags that are required to play for an adequate time for them to be read, say, approximately  five seconds. Where a "ticker" is used instead of a tag, it will be required to play for an adequate time, say, approximately 10 seconds.

All tags feature the classification, the classification description and the consumer advice that applies to the particular film or computer game. Tickers feature the classification and the consumer advice only.

Please note: These are low resolution examples only and cannot be downloaded for use as a marking. Their appearance here is purely for the purpose of showing you what they look like.

The consumer advice featured on the following tags and tickers are examples only and are not drawn from real products. Examples are in the form of the M classification.

Three second tags

Download the M classification example [ZIP 237KB]

Tags that are at least five seconds long

Download the M classification example [ZIP 2.29MB]

Tickers

Download the Tickers example [ZIP 141KB]

Please note: You will require Photoshop or similar software to view these tickers.

Fact sheets summarising the compliance requirements for television advertising are available:

Unclassified films and computer games

Classified films and computer games

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Examples of markings for trailers

Single trailer - Examples

For a trailer, there are three options for classification markings.

1. A classification ticker required to play for an adequate time for it to be read, say, at least 10 seconds during the trailer. The ticker must include:

Download the ticker using the classification rectangle [ZIP 2.19MB].

2. A classification tag required to play for an adequate time for it to be read, say, approximately five seconds before the trailer. The tag must include:

This tag is available on disc from the Classification Branch.

Multiple title trailers

For trailers for two or more films or computer games, a ticker must be shown, including the Classification symbol [ZIP 2.19MB] for each title advertised and the relevant consumer advice, if any. The ticker is required to play for an adequate time for it to be read, say, approximately 10 seconds, in high contrast to the background and at least 70 per cent opacity.

For films or computer games with the same classification, the relevant symbol/s need only to appear once and the consumer advices for all the titles need to be included. However, if a couple of the individual titles have consumer advices that are for the same classifiable element (violence, sex, language etcetera) then only the higher one needs to be included in the advertisement.

For example, if the advertisement is for two M titles: M Violence and coarse language and M, Violence and two MA15+ titles: MA15+ Strong drug use and themes and MA15+ Strong themes the statement would be:

  • Films/Games are classified [M symbol] Coarse language and violence; [MA15+ symbol] Strong drug use and themes.

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General requirements for display, format and legibility of classification markings on trailers

General provisions are set out in Part 3 of the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (Markings and Consumer Advice) Determination 2014. Relevant sections are indicated below.

Markings must be displayed

All moving image advertising must display classification markings. (See Section 15(1)(c) of the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (Markings and Consumer Advice) Determination 2014.

Format and legibility

Classification markings on moving image advertising must be clearly legible. Markings must be displayed for a period of time that is sufficient to allow the markings to be read in full.

Classification markings must not be obscured by other material on the advertising.

Markings must be easily distinguishable from the background. (See Section 11 of the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (Markings and Consumer Advice) Determination 2014.

Coloured markings must be coloured in accordance with CMYK or RGB values as listed in Part 3 of Schedule 1 of the Determination. (See Section 12 of the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (Markings and Consumer Advice) Determination 2014.

The classification character or classification symbol may be displayed in black and white in a black and white environment. A classification character or classification symbol displayed on screen must legible and must be displayed for a period of time that is sufficient to allow the marking to be read in full. (See Section 11 of Schedule 1 of the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (Markings and Consumer Advice) Determination 2014.

Tickers may be displayed at least at the height of 32 pixels lines or five per cent of the height of the active screen area of the presentation format. The greater of the two can be used.

The font for the classification symbol must be displayed in FF Din Bold. (See Part 1.05 of Schedule 1 of the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (Markings and Consumer Advice) Determination 2014.

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